Trade ministers from many countries at the Trans Pacific Partnership meeting in Atlanta in 2015. Maude Barlow explains how such mega free trade deals can put national water, social and environmental laws at risk from multi-national corporations
Photo Credit: (Reuters/USTR Press Office/Handout) Canada, and the world’s, water crisis Pt 5 0f 5
Maude Barlow is national chairperson of the Council of Canadians © supplied
This is the fifth in the five part series on the growing concern over access to fresh water.
Maude Barlow’s new book looks at what is happening in Canada and around the world. It’s called, “Boiling Point: government neglect, corporate abuse, and Canada’s water crisis.
Today, international trade deals and water; a human right, or corporate commercial commodity.
Although it deals generally with the situation in Canada, it explains how and why the subjects touched upon are interconnected world-wide.
Ms Barlow, is the National Chairperson for the Council of Canadians, a non-profit group advocating on environmental issues, public health care, fair trade issues, and healthy democracy.
Industrial threats to clean water. A toxic tailing pond in British Columbia burst on Aug 4 2014, releasing about 14 million cubic metres of water and toxic slurry into Hazeltine Creek Polley Lake , Cariboo Creek and Quesnel Lake. Barlow says a government’s ability to enact tougher enviornmental laws, and even controls on water extraction, will be challenged in court by multi-nationals under international trade deals being negotiated © Cariboo Regional District/YouTube